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Designers Compete to Make Quirky, Eco-Friendly Pavilion on Governors Island

By Irene Plagianos | September 18, 2013 12:36pm
 Five finalists have been chosen in the 2013-2014 "City of Dreams" pavilion design competition on Governors Island.
'City of Dreams' Pavilion Design Competition
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GOVERNORS ISLAND — A canopy of crocheted, repurposed plastic cups could be on the way to Governors Island next summer.

The FIGMENT arts festival just announced five finalists for its design competition for the City of Dreams Pavilion, which will give one team of young architects a chance to build a fanciful, eco-friendly interactive space on Governors Island in 2014.

All the designers found whimsical ways to use recycled or low-impact materials for the temporary pavilions, which are set to be on display for Governors Island's summer season, from June through September.

A group of Polish architects hopes to use repurposed clapboard to create a free-form “Art Cloud,” while a New York team from CDR Studio wants to use recycled plastic cups to form a dense, knitted structure that would hang from trees. In "Dreamcatcher," by ManifoldArchitectureStudio in Brooklyn, multicolored balloons would form a buoyant roof for a circular pavilion.

The goal is to find a creative design that encourages visitors to the island to relax, interact and enjoy public art, according to FIGMENT.

Finalists are now submitting more detailed versions of their plans, and a jury of local engineers and architects will select a winner by the end of October.

This will be FIGMENT's fourth City of Dreams Pavilion on Governors Island. Previous winners include 2010's "Living Pavilion," 2011's "Burble Bup" by Bittertang and "Head in the Clouds," currently installed for the 2013 season, through Sept. 22.